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Children’s Eye Care

Good eye health starts early in life. Because many eye conditions and diseases can affect children’s vision, all children need routine eye exams. This is true even if you don’t notice any eye problems.

When Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?

For children’s eye exams, Oregon Eye Specialists recommends:

  • Babies and children under 3 should have their eyes examined at regular pediatrician visits. Your pediatrician can answer any questions and refer you to a pediatric eye doctor if needed.
  • Between 3 and 6, children need an eye exam every year or two. This should include a screening exam at age 3 or 4 to make sure the eyes are developing correctly. An eye exam is a good idea before your child starts school.
  • Children aged 6 to 10 can have an eye exam every few years or if you notice vision changes. For example, your child might complain that he or she can’t see the board in school or gets headaches from reading. Learn more about eye exams for children and adults.

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology for more detailed information on children’s eye exams.

What Happens at a Children’s Eye Exam?

Eye exams for children are much like adult eye exams. First, the doctor asks about your child’s health, including any eye problems, allergies and other health conditions. Next, we test how well the eyes line up, move together and see objects at different distances.

The eye doctor places drops in your child’s eyes to dilate (open) the pupils. You’ll wait 30 minutes to an hour for the drops to work. After this, the doctor checks for vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He or she also examines your child’s eyes to make sure they are healthy.

If your child’s eye doctor finds any vision problems or other eye conditions, you can discuss treatment options. If your child needs glasses, every Oregon Eye Specialists clinic has a full-service optical shop, The Sight Shop next door. The optometrist works directly with your child’s doctor to fill the prescription.

Does Oregon Eye Specialists Have Children’s Eye Doctors?

Every Oregon Eye Specialists clinic includes doctors and staff who treat children. If your pediatrician refers your child to an eye doctor or you are concerned about your child’s eyes, request an appointment online or call 503-935-5580.

With 10 conveniently located clinics there’s an Oregon Eye Specialists doctor near you.

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